Around the Sound: Strong Seller’s Market Everywhere

Around the Sound: Strong Seller’s Market Everywhere

It has been a while since we checked up on stats outside of the King/Snohomish core, so let’s update our “Around the Sound” statistics for Pierce, Kitsap, Thurston, Island, Skagit, and Whatcom counties. This month’s story in a nutshell: Bad news for buyers, great news for sellers. It’s pretty much a terrible time to buy […]

King County Median Price: Nominal and Real

Median Price May Pass Inflation-Adjusted Peak This Year

As promised, I’ve updated my chart of nominal and real (inflation-adjusted) King County median single-family home prices with data through April. When adjusting into 2015 dollars, the median price peaked at $527,607 in July 2007. April 2015’s median price of $480,000 comes in about 9 percent below that level, and is roughly comparable to where […]

Leafy bubble by Martin Thomas, on Flickr

April Reporting Roundup: “You Should Buy Now” Edition

It’s time once again for the monthly reporting roundup, where you can read my wry commentary about the news instead of subjecting yourself to boring rehashes of the NWMLS press release (or in addition to, if that’s what floats your boat). To kick things off, here’s an excerpt from the NWMLS press release: Northwest Multiple […]

NWMLS: King County Home Prices Near Bubble Peak

NWMLS: King County Home Prices Near Bubble Peak

April market stats were published by the NWMLS yesterday. Before we get into our monthly stats, here’s a quick look at their press release. Pent-up demand triggering record pace of home sales around Western Washington Northwest Multiple Listing Service members notched a record high level of pending sales during April, surpassing the year-ago volume by […]

KUOW Nails the Problem of Placing Blame for Rising Rents

In March I wrote a post calling out people who blame investors for rising rents and unaffordable housing. Today I’d like to highlight some reporting that gets it right. This story by KUOW’s Joshua McNichols is a couple weeks old, but he hits the nail on the head, and I wanted to make sure it […]

April Stats Preview: Surging Sales Edition

April Stats Preview: Surging Sales Edition

With April 2015 now in the rear view mirror, let’s have a look at our monthly stats preview. First up, here’s the snapshot of all the data as far back as my historical information goes, with the latest, high, and low values highlighted for each series: First, a tiny ray of good news… Listing inventory […]

Case-Shiller Tiers: Low Tier Back to Double-Digit Gains

Case-Shiller Tiers: Low Tier Back to Double-Digit Gains

Let’s check out the three price tiers for the Seattle area, as measured by Case-Shiller. Remember, Case-Shiller’s “Seattle” data is based on single-family home repeat sales in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. Note that the tiers are determined by sale volume. In other words, 1/3 of all sales fall into each tier. For more details […]